Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Living Portrait with Maria Kreyn

The Living Portrait
(in graphite)

with Maria Kreyn
A workshop at our Brooklyn location on December 17 and 18.

The Living Portrait workshop consisted of two days of drawing from the live model with Maria Kreyn. It was designed for artists of all skill levels.

This workshop focused on creating both the likeness of the model and also emotional expression, bringing the portrait to life using the special beauty and simplicity of the graphite medium.
Pictured: Kreyn beginning her demonstration.

Kreyn placed emphasis on developing expression, elegant line quality, edges, atmosphere, and internal gesture. By working from general to specific, students learned a process of drawing that focuses on quickly laying down a large amount of information, and then honing and focusing it--like a lens--to a high finish of detail and clarity. Kreyn offered both critiques and an in-class demonstration.

The instructor's demo

Jason, by Maria Kreyn

The work produced by the workshop artists was of a very high quality.

The Bushwick Poet,
by Kate Savage

 Portrait of Jason,

by Rob Zeller

Works in progress by Stephan Pokorny and Barbara Leonardi

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